Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes... December 02, 2016 16:40
When I was in my early teens, and beyond, I was a huge David Bowie fan and especially loved his early song, "Changes". The lyrics resonated with me then and now as life is a continuous series of changes.
This past spring I moved out of my apartment to a location closer to the city of Cleveland and into a wonderful neighborhood that is close to downtown and numerous museums, galleries and activities. My new digs are a house in a stable neighborhood which is a refreshing change from the transience of the apartment complex. There is plenty of space here for my polymer studio AND a basement for the watercolor and construction aspects of the dimensional wall pieces. And, my divorce was finalized, which is a really good thing. Basically, the possibility of a new, fresh start was happening!
Shortly after moving in, a good friend introduced me to the owner of The Dancing Sheep which is a delightful boutique that features wearable art by a wide variety of incredible artists. The owner promptly offered to display ALL of my dimensional wall pieces in her shop, including devoting an entire store window display to my work for almost two months!
After that, I stopped by the local Heights Arts gallery and they immediately agreed to include my "Fantastical Flowers" in the upcoming Holiday Show in the gallery. And, The Dancing Sheep took on my "Deep Gaze" series of pendants which go beautifully with so many of her artist-created jackets and tops.
Finally, a lovely surprise email came from Sage Bray, the editor of The Polymer Arts magazine, which is a quarterly go-to resource for polymer artists around the globe. Sage invited me to be a "Gallery Artist" featured in the Winter 2016 edition. I was flattered to say the least as only three artists are selected each quarter for this section of the magazine and past artists are well-known in the niche world of polymer arts.
So, whew! All of the upheaval and uncertainty that ushered in the beginning of 2016 fell away as new opportunities and the feeling of really good ju-ju took hold. It was a lot of work, but I'm excited about the "Fantastical Flower" series and will create more of these fun florals; And, the possibilities for the "Deep Gaze" series are endless.
We'll see where this all leads next year. More changes, I'm sure! One thing that hasn't changed is that I when I wake up each morning, I'm so grateful that I get to spend the day doing what I love.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at what I've created. If I can create something unique for you or your home or business space, please drop me an email!